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Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. doing business as CARE International in Ghana (“CARE”) is seeking qualified candidates for a role as M & E Specialist – Northern Ghana Governance Activity. (NGGA) Project.
The full-time position will be based in Tamale, and requires extensive travel to operational districts throughout northern Ghana.
The Northern Ghana Governance Activity aims to increase the capacity of Ghana’s decentralized agricultural structures at the regional and district levels, improve their accountability and performance efficiency, build community consensus, and strengthen civil society’s demand for better service delivery in agriculture in partnership with the private sector. The Northern Ghana Governance Activity also proposes to enable government and civil society to more effectively mitigate conflicts related to agriculture and natural resource management. It covers 26 target Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) in the three regions of Northern Ghana.
It is a five year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ghana. The partners of the project are CARE International, ActionAid Ghana, SEND Ghana and the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WANEP-Ghana). The consortium is led by CARE International in Ghana. The goal of the Northern Ghana Governance Activity is to ensure strengthened responsive governance for improved agriculture development in Ghana. The intervention is targeted to directly support the USAID/Ghana Country Development and Co-operative Strategy (2013 – 2017).
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, is a Key Personnel position on the NGG Activity. Reporting directly to the Chief of Party (COP), the M&E Specialist is responsible for implementing and managing M&E activities, and coordinating the work of regional M&E officers. S/he will lead the development of M&E plans; coordinate implementation of approved M&E activities; supervise and monitor the work of regional M&E officers; lead evaluations and impact studies; closely monitor activities to ensure adherence to high data quality standards; perform rigorous analysis of M&E processes, reports and results; and ensure accurately and timely reporting of data with full analysis and interpretation of results.
The M&E Specialist is responsible for preparing data and reports for the donor; CARE Ghana; NGG Activity coordinating partners, and the project’s COP. The M&E Specialist is also responsible maintaining data, and coordinating closely with the Knowledge Management and Learning Coordinator (KMLC) and Communications and Media Relations Specialist (CMRS), to develop content related to NGG Activity impact and results for dissemination to diverse stakeholders.
Key areas of responsibility of the M & E Specialist will include:
- Coordinate M&E Activities: Lead implementation of M&E activities in line with approved M&E work plans. Design data collection instruments, schedules, analysis methods, and applied technologies. Support NGG Activity partners and stakeholders to develop and implement their own systems/instruments for data collection and storage to monitor outputs, outcomes and impacts.
- Ensure High Quality Data: Manage a rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation; ensuring integrity of M&E processes and high quality data gathered throughout all M&E processes. Act as project Data Quality Champion, promoting and upholding high data and information standards; recording and sharing data quality best practices, approaches, and lessons learned. Closely monitor the activities of regional M&E officers to ensure consistent application of data quality standards and protocols.
- Reporting, Documentation & Dissemination: Lead in the compilation, review, verification and input of NGG Activity data into donor M&E system (FTFMS); NGG Activity MIS (using KoBo Toolbox); and CARE’s Project and Program Information and Impact Reporting System (PIIRS). Support routine NGG Activity quarterly and annual performance reporting, leading the compilation of M&E sections of regular reports; and Contribute to CARE Ghana’s Annual Report development.
Required Skills or Experience
- A minimum qualification of Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Natural Resource Management , Agricultural Science, Computer Science/Statistics/Information Management and other discipline relevant to rural development, Agriculture, Gender.
- At least five or more years of experience in M&E on donor funded projects.
- Five or more years of experience on governance related project, part of which should have been obtained working on the development and implementation of civil society led accountability programs.
- Proven experience with survey research, responsibility for research methods, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative statistical sampling, information analysis, research techniques, and methodologies and report writing.
- Demonstrated experience developing M&E Strategies and Work Plans.
- Proven leadership, management and supervisory skills, overseeing M&E activities and coordinating M&E staff.
- Extensive experience conducting research; analyzing data; and preparing reports of findings.
- Experience producing reports for a wide range of stakeholders.
- Extensive hands-on experience developing survey methods, instruments and contributing to the design of M&E MIS.
- Strong knowledge of approaches to M&E and DQA.
- Experience should include database management, and good knowledge in the use of Microsoft tools and familiarity with mobile data applications software (Kobo collect or ODK) will be an added advantage.
- Prior experience with the USAID and familiarity with the principles of development assistance will be useful.
- A good knowledge in Gender Equity and climate change rural livelihoods and partnerships.
- Adherence to CARE’s core values and competencies.
- Excellent professionalism, relationship building and communication skills.
How To Apply
Submit applications via email to
with the “M & E Specialist” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 22nd May 2020.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Applicants should be aware that CARE has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption, and toward any kind of harassment, exploitation and abuse.
At CARE, we know that recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce is critical to achieving our mission of ending global poverty. CARE defines “diversity” beyond the regular classifications of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability, and includes diversity of perspectives that uphold CARE’s core values. Our goal is to create and maintain a work environment that promotes diversity in everything we do. We are also committed to creating and maintaining a safe work environment for our staff, partners and beneficiaries with specific attention to protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child protection.
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